I have to admit that I’m in awe of a lot of my fellow bloggers. The ones who post beautiful outfit posts; whether for MMM or just as finished item reveals. As you may have already worked out, I’m pretty rubbish at this.
The big factor in this is that I’m kinda shy. I’m not great at putting myself out there unless I’m comfortable in a situation – so I’d be the blogger at a meet up hanging around the periphery wishing she had the nerve to be right in the middle. At the same time worrying that people thought I was anti-social or standoffish, or as I’ve been accused in the past, when I’ve done more watching than participating, as snobby (this was nothing to do with sewing, may I add. I know you guys would never come out with something like that.).
What really got me analysing the lack of photos for MMM was this gorgeous post by Mela. Her photos are always gorgeous and she always looks happy and relaxed in front of the camera. I would much MUCH rather be behind it. So I asked if she had any tips and she kindly replied.
“It really helps that I am such a ham. I love taking photos! It also helps that my husband is the photographer and I am most relaxed around him.
Don’t laugh, but I do take A LOT of photos playing around with angles. The photos come out well most of the time. But when they don’t it’s often because the lighting is off or we can’t figure out the right camera setting. Lighting is everything. If the light is soft (like on a cloudy day) my face doesn’t come out as harsh and the garments come out better in focus and more vibrant.
Play around in front of the camera. That will help you relax in front of it.”
This all makes sense. When I’m taking photos of others I take loads to make sure I get the image I want. I check the light and try a load of different angles. Technically I KNOW this stuff and apply it all the time. What I don’t do is apply it to photos of myself.
Being honest, I think Husband is as likely to get involved in a photo shoot for my latest Me-Made as a pig is to soar through the sky. He only just found out I have a blog (despite being here for over a year – must have a blogiversary party!) and seems to find the whole blog thing funny. He constantly takes the juice at my blog reader of ‘knitting friends’. Which hacks me off but as you can guess, I ignore.
This makes him sound like a complete git, and whilst he has his moments , he truly isn’t. He uses ‘humour’ to deal with things he doesn’t understand – always has and always will. He also has strong opinions about ‘quality doing time’ and as he works stupid hours (self employed) I can understand why his free time is precious. Particularly time he spends with Boy.
I could be completely wrong though and doing him a great disservice and he may prove to be a very willing photographer! As they say, if you don’t ask you don’t get!
The next step is to take more photos! Whether Husband or friend is helping or its me and the self-timer or maybe a remote shutter release. As I’ve already said being photographed is outside of my comfort zone, so I need to work at it until I am comfortable… Oof, not a comfortable thought at the moment.
To do this I’ll have to take the time to do it properly – not in a snatched moment here or there where it’s impossible to think about lighting or angles etc. It must help to think about the shoot before I do it – try and plan the image I guess.
So, here’s my personal challenge:
1. Ask husband if he’ll help take my photo for my outfits and finished items.
2. Take loads more photos so that I become more comfortable.
3. Take outfit pictures for the rest of May, starting tomorrow.
I don’t know which feels the most daunting at the moment! But if it means that one day I can share photos like the ones above, I’ll be over the moon!
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